Snow Removal: Winter Reminders

Shovel your sidewalk

Village law states that sidewalks must be cleared of snow and/or ice by 11:00am. (Weather permitting)

Snow removal

A. Each person shall, by 11:00 a.m., remove the snow and ice from the sidewalks and gutters in front of the premises owned or occupied by him or her.

B. When the same cannot be so removed by reason of physical conditions, it shall be covered or sprinkled with sand, ashes or other suitable material.

C. Any person charged with the duty of removing the snow and ice or covering the same as herein provided shall be subject to a penalty not to exceed $100 for his or her failure so to do, and in addition thereto, a violation of this section shall constitute disorderly conduct, and a person violating the same shall be deemed a disorderly person. This section may be enforced by the police, by the Village Building Inspector or by a Village parking enforcement aide. [Amended 1-14-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993; 11-13-2003 by L.L. No. 1-2003]

D. In addition to the penalty hereinbefore provided, the Superintendent of Public Works of the Village shall thereupon proceed to remove or cover the same, and the expense thereof shall be audited and fixed by him and against the owner of the abutting property in the manner provided by law.

The snow/ice must be removed as soon as weather permits, in order to allow for safe passage.

When shoveling, snowblowing or plowing, you cannot block visibility at a street corner or block pedestrian access to the sidewalk.

 

DO NOT shovel snow into the road:

 

New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law states that it is illegal to shovel or plow snow into the roadway. It is a public hazard and against New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law to shovel snow into the street. This creates a slushy mix on the side of the road that the snow plows may not be able to reach due to parked cars or other roadside obstacles. If you use a snowblower, point the blower away from the street. If you hire a contractor to plow your driveway or shovel your walk, you should make certain that they do not plow or shovel snow into the street.

Alternate side of the street parking regulations

must be obeyed:

 

In the event of a snow storm, alternate side of the street parking rules must be adhered to. Over a period of two days, the Village must have access to both sides of a street in order to clear the entire street of snow. Do not park on streets where snow emergency signs are posted, otherwise we cannot remove the snow in a safe and timely manner.

 

Please clear nearby fire hydrants:

 

If you have a fire hydrant in front of or near your home, please make an effort to clear any snow and ice from around the hydrant. If a fire were to break out, the Fire Department would lose valuable time attempting to locate and dig out a buried fire hydrant. The Fire Department needs a two (2) foot clearance around the hydrant to hook up their water supply. The effort could be a joint project between several neighbors. In the event of a fire, the time spent by firemen clearing snow or ice from a hydrant could make a difference in the amount of damage done by the fire.

 

Parking Your Car:

 

If you have a driveway, please use it to keep the streets as clear of obstacles as possible.

When parking your car on the street during a snowstorm or prior to a forecasted snowstorm, park as close to the curb as possible. If possible, park so that another car is not directly across from you (see diagram below). It is very difficult for snow plows to maneuver on streets with cars that are parked 2 feet from the curb. If the snow plow cannot fit down the street, then the street cannot be cleaned at that time. This is very important for one way streets where cars are parked on both sides. If parked cars are not staggered, the wide snow plows cannot fit through the narrow street and the street will not be plowed. This is also a serious safety concern as the Fire Department would not be able to pass through the narrow street.